in News Departments > FYI
print the content item

Ontario's Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) will mark a major milestone with the introduction of a new dispatch tool for grid-connected wind resources.

The IESO says the ability to dispatch wind - scheduled to take effect Sept. 11 - comes at a pivotal point in Ontario's transition to a more sustainable fuel mix. By February 2015, an expected 7.4 GW of wind and solar power will be connected across the distribution and transmission networks.

The ability to dispatch wind adds an important lever to the reliable operation of the bulk power system. It gives operators another source of flexibility to meet ramping requirements as demand for electricity increases and decreases over the day, and to manage surplus baseload generation.

Within the availability of wind, wind turbines can be highly flexible, increasing and decreasing output very quickly in response to system needs.

According to the IESO, the dispatch will apply to 1.7 GW of existing transmission-connected wind resources, as well as an estimated 3 GW of transmission-connected wind and 280 MW of transmission-connected solar resources expected to come into service over the next 18 months.

Distribution-based wind and solar facilities, forecast to total almost 2.4 GW during this period, will not be subject to grid dispatch. However, the output from those facilities will now be visible to the IESO's system operators. The enhancements also include state-of-art wind forecasting to assist in planning and executing daily operations.

The IESO says that overall, the 18-month outlook projects adequate generation and transmission capability to meet consumer demands over the next year-and-a-half, including a 2014 summer peak forecast approaching 25,000 MW in extreme weather conditions.

Ontario is in the final stages of ridding itself of coal-fired generation, as approximately 3 GW of supply is being taken out of service.

The remaining coal-fired units at Lambton and Nanticoke will cease operations by the end of 2013, according to the IESO. The Thunder Bay facility is currently slated to stop burning coal by no later than the end of 2014.


Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Despite 2013 Challenges, U.S. Wind Power Reaches All-Time Low Price

In a new report, the U.S. Department of Energy details the highs and lows of the country's wind industry last year, and the agency maintains that the U.S. sector remains strong.


Mexico On Pace To Set New Renewables Investment Record

A new report says the country has spent $1.3 billion on clean energy in the first half of 2014 and could end up seeing a record year. Furthermore, wind power is slated for significant growth in the region.


IRS Issues More PTC Guidance, Easing Some Wind Industry Concerns

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) addresses how much work is needed on a wind farm to satisfy production tax credit (PTC) eligibility.


Embryonic No More: U.S. Offshore Wind Industry Gaining Momentum

After a decade of fits and starts, the industry is moving closer to installing the first generation of wind projects off the country's shores.


AWEA: U.S. Installs 853 MW Of Wind In First Half Of 2014

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reveals the U.S. industry's progress thus far this year and underscores the importance of policy certainty.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Tower Conference_id1965